Pilgrim's Dole
New Holland Brewing Company

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American Wheatwine Ale
Ranked #16
Ranked #5,763
4.02 | pDev: 10.95%
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
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Notes: A barleywine-style ale made with 50% wheat malt (a wheatwine) aged in bourbon barrels.
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Reviews by ThaJokerWild:
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4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

looks the color of a brown bottle but translucent almost a caramel water tinge half finger heaad minor lacing big legs smells of dates rolled in flour tastes of dark candies almost burnt heavy oak taste with light smokre over-all great brew

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Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This poured a gorgeous, deep dark orange in color with no translucency whatsoever. The head came up nicely too, leaving some pits and lacing. This is quite impressive for a 10.0 ABV Wheat Wine.

Smell – Yes, it’s just like an American Barley Wine but with a dominant wheaty nose that reminds me of a pale Belgian. The yeast is very spicy and I’m sure there are some grassy-type of hops in there. The wine is like a sweet white.

Taste – Oh, this tastes much different than it smells. There is a super-charged alcoholic sweetness that seems pumped up with some sort of tarty notes. Galliano is the only thing that I can think of at this point. This is more like a wine cocktail than beer.

Mouthfeel – This is somewhere between medium and full-bodied with a very sharp alcoholic sting. There are strong yellow summertime fruits and lime juice that pucker the lips, the booze that heats up your throat, and a huge malt base that sticks in between your teeth.

Drinkability – Well, I wouldn’t recommend tossing six of these in a beer bong, and if you aren’t familiar with the style this is probably not the best one to try first, but I enjoy strong styles and especially enjoyed this tasty and well done offering from New Holland.

Comments – I pulled this out of what was probably the most diverse box of beers I’ve ever gotten in trade. Thanks to BuckeyeNation for such a generous package and for including this gem from New Holland.

Update – Skyhand popped a 2006 bottle in May at a house party, so I was able to sample this baby once again.

It was grapier than last years with a buttery character. I didn’t get as much booze either, making this a smooth drinker. All in all it’s a good effort at a rather new and difficult style.

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Photo of CTHomer
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 10/31/16

A: hazy; light mahogany in color; less than a 1 finger off white head that receded to a thin, big bubbled ring; very little lacing;

S: toffee, vanilla, bourbon, dark fruit, alcohol;

T: more dark fruit than anything else; alcohol is noticeable, but not as hot as I expected; vanilla and toffee are there as well; no bitterness;

M: medium to full bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: very enjoyable; curious to see how it will age;

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This thang took a while to open up; but like my Valentine's date after her third glass of "white zin," it arrived. Not a perfect 10, but still not a "catch and release." It reminded me of a basic Barleywine, but then it had this sunlight of wheat, like having
In-N-Out on a cloudy day. It may not have you texting your friends right after with excitement, but it was aite enough.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine March 2007.

Named after the assistance (free bread and ale rations) given to wayfarers on holy pilgrimages in early 14th cen- tury England. We scored a couple of extra cases after our American Beer Fest in June 2006. Loved it then, but we've been dying to try it after some cellaring.

Pours pretty damn thick; mildly syrupy, with thick, fluffy, off-white head and excellent lacing and retention. Wonderful cascading carbonation up front, but once the chaos settles, the bubbles seem to struggle in the murky brown-and-orange depths of this brew. Impressive. Quite alcoholic in the nose. Toffee, overripe pine- apple, floral hops, and charred raisins. Thick, smooth and viscous on the palate. Massive malt body and presence. The syrupy texture seems to glide across the palate with toffee, caramel, brown sugar, golden syrup, hints of candied pineap- ple, and rich, toasty flavors. Boozy and fruity. Rum-soaked raisins. A smack of bit- terness helps to break things up, pricking the palate with an aggressive spiciness and a slightly wheaty twang. Vodka notes. Big, lingering sweetness; toasty toffee notes, with a foundation of alcohol heat and spice in the finish.

If this was life on the dole, we'd be two very happy pilgrims. Enjoy on its own, in a snifter. Serve slightly cool, but allow the beer to warm and unfold.

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Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Poured hard in a pint glass, a surreal viscous cascading foam emerged out of no where … quite amazing to look at. From there it produced a thin tiny bubbled lace that was comparable to a good pint of Guinness. The deep tawny hue only showed a minimal haze.

Smell: Wafts of alcohol and ripe fruit … suggestions of pineapple and raisins come to mind. Sweet to the nose.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Creamy mouth feel and full bodied. Right off the bat I think of rum raisins, lots of sweetness not the palate but not cloying. A touch of rough spiciness from the wheat but not astringent, nice spicy bite from an alcohol and hop mix. Finishes with a lingering alcoholic spice and some residual sweetness.

Notes: One of the most interesting strong beers I have had to date, tastes of a mellow English Barleywine though with a big wheat accent. Truly a great beer and a must try if you are in to strong ales of any kind.

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Photo of DrainBamage
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a amberish brown color. Highly carbonated and lace of head. Smells like a sweet barleywine on steroids. Goes down relatively smoothly but then about 10 secs later you can feel the burn in your throat, but what do you expect at 12% ABV. Tastes like malty version of barleywine as it should. The alcohol is well hidden in the taste, so you really need to watch yourself. Very drinkable for the amount of alcohol present.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of tard24
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PhilMiller
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nick76
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is sweet and rich aroma with toffee, caramel, floral hops, fruit, and bourbon. The appearance is amber with a large head. The flavor is like the aroma but comes and goes in stages of tasty malty and astringent. The palate is smooth with an astringent aftertaste. Overall it's good but has some strange taste qualities.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of mentor
2.71/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle provided by deejaydan as part of BIF33. I've been eager to try this one for a while and am really happy for the chance. Thanks a million. Pours a one finger light tan head over a cloudy orange amber liquid. Smells mediciney. Caramel, cherry, sherry.

Tastes oxidized sherry. Alcohol burn, caramel, dry rough aftertaste. Phenolic edge of indistinct flavor. Fruity esters are beneath the alcohol and phenols, but add a vanilla and peach character.

Thick body and moderately carbonated. One was enough.

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Photo of notafood
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last year's batch, poured into a tulip.

Poured a clear, dark amber, visible carbonation, slight tan head.

Smells, dusty, dark fruits, malt, and alcohol.

Very rich and sweet roasted malts, caramel and toffee, countered by a alcohol/hop bitter sharpness.

Medium bodied, clean finish.

My first wheat wine, and a pleasant experience. I have a 2006 Two Brothers I've been aging and I probably crack that in the next few weeks.

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3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of GreenWBush
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pilgrim's Dole plops out of the bottle a foreboding multilayered ruby to amber spectrum, the top half of the glass darker and gloomier than the lighter second half. A woozy, slowly cascading head gives way to an incredible cling. This beer is a delight to behold.

The nose is full of citrus, a blooming hop-zing intermingled with New Holland's prototypical 'glue-y' yeast. Pine and tropical fruit continue. Papaya and a sea-breeze brininess meet above the distinct fingerprint of alcohol.

The taste is awash in hop-heat and fluttering booziness. Once the temperature approaches cellar temperature, these two harsh aspects give way to a citrusy vegetal sweetness. A cloying gumminess I find in many NH beers floats in and out. Interesting vanilla, oak, and vinous notes continue on the outset and remind me very much of an English barleywine. Complex and interesting to say the least, if not just plain weird. I think age might also be beneficial here.

Mouthfeel might just be the highlight of this beer. Oily, resinous, and a pillowy delight on the tongue. Bitterness and prickliness of hops keep the strong alcohol presence in check.

I think I prefer this to Bell's Wheat Love...tasty if limited in application, though. Not something i'll ever crave or go directly for but good and will rest in my cellar for occasional re-visits.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25


Pours reddish brown with a white sudsy head.

Smells of caramel and tart apples.

Flavor is vanilla, apples, cinnamon, caramel and bourbon. Bit of hop bitterness.

Full body with light carbonation and boozy warmth.

Really tasty and powerful ale. Good sipper and great flavor.

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Crosling
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Cherry red color. Aroma smells of fresh pastries, dough, cookie and caramel as well as dried chocolate and dark fruit. Flavor is nicely balanced and fairly complex. Chocolate and cocoa flavors, with a touch of weiss character. It also has a nice finish to it as well. It's a beer of high quality.

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Photo of rhinos00
3.32/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass.

A- Nice reddish copper color. Finger sized white head formed and laced the glass upon consumption.

S- Sweet smell with wheat undertones.

T- Lot different than the smell...at least for me. Almost had a bourbon taste that was pretty overpowering. Was expecting something a lot different.

M- Smooth and decently carbonated.

D- A pretty good beer overall. Don't know if I would be able to drink a whole bomber by myself again.

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pilgrim's Dole from New Holland Brewing Company
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